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Kennedy Court

Posted On - January 27th 2017
The Problem

Mila Window and Door Maintenance regenerated 294 windows in a 16 storey block of flats in Hastings converting them from an ‘old-fashioned’ Pivot style window to a newer and easier to use Tilt and Turn style.

The works also included the regeneration of 66 Tilt and Slide Patios to return them to operational efficiency and the replacement of 784 sealed units with newer more thermally efficient performing ones.

For a number of years I had been considering the wasteful nature of replacing the whole window when only certain components were worn out. Mila Window and Door Maintenance offered a refurbishment service which addressed that issue.

Following the success of this project I am looking into the feasibility and savings possible if the model was expanded to low rise dwellings.

Norman Smyth, Asset Manager for Amicus Horizon
Project Overview

By regenerating the windows rather than replacing them directly with new ones the scheme benefitted from a saving of 46,745Kg of embodied carbon – the equivalent of the emissions produced by a Ford Mondeo 2 Litre Diesel driving round the world 10.7 times.

Nature of the works

Mila Window and Door Maintenance were engaged to evaluate the potential of regenerating existing windows in a 16 storey high living accommodation block rather than repairing them.

The coastal location block had existing pivot windows and there were significant problems with the hinges. Historical maintenance had led to over-tightening causing the windows to stick and not operate easily for residents, and the potential for sash de-location which presented a growing health and safety consideration.

Additionally the windows were not thermally efficient in terms of their glazing specification and all sealed units would need to be replaced if regeneration was to be undertaken.

Cost benefits

Regenerating the windows rather than replacing them delivered the following financial benefits

  • 96% saving on access equipment/scaffolding
  • 32% saving against the direct cost of new replacement windows

Mila Window and Door Maintenance regenerated 294 windows in a 16 storey block of flats in Hastings converting them from an ‘old-fashioned’ Pivot style window to a newer and easier to use Tilt and Turn style.

About the client Amicus Horizon

We’ve just under 28,000 homes across London, Kent and Sussex, offering a range of different housing choices including affordable homes, shared ownership and Extra Care.

Mila Window and Door Maintenance offered a refurbishment service which addressed that issue.
KENNEDY COURT HASTINGS - NORMAN SMYTH, ASSET MANAGER, AMICUS HORIZON SUSSEX

“For a number of years I had been considering the wasteful nature of replacing the whole window when only certain components were worn out. Mila Window and Door Maintenance offered a refurbishment service which addressed that issue.

The project at Kennedy Court had a number of benefits:

  • Financial savings on scaffold
  • Financial savings on material costs
  • Zero damage to external render caused by removing the entire window frame
  • Modernised casements by designing out, increasingly, obsolete parts
  • Opportunity to upgrade to solar glass on south facing elevations
  • High resident satisfaction
  • Excellent carbon savings and improved footprint; very good for our ‘Green Agenda’
  • Accommodating nature of Mila’s team for ‘hard to Access’ dwellings
  • Ability to reset the next repair year to 30 years, the same as if we had renewed the whole window

Following the success of this project I am looking into the feasibility and savings possible if themodel was expanded to low rise dwellings.”

Resident Feedback

The site achieved outstanding resident feedback. Particular emphasis was placed by the residents on the following:

  • Lack of disruption to their lives and their homes during the work
  • Immediate impact of the newly regenerated windows and double glazed units in terms of both thermal and acoustic enhancements
  • Ease of use of the new window handles and hinges
  • Speed of workmanship
  • Quality of workmanship
  • Cleanliness of workmanship

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